Monitoring the Future: Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use
For this activity each of you will write a compressed version of a scientific journal article. We are pretending, since none of you will actually collect empirical data, but your submissions should adopt the format common to most research papers.
The IMRAD model is an easy way to understand the format:
Each of your submissions should include each section – introduction, methods, results, and discussion.
In preparation, please review the Monitoring the Future report. This is the source of all your data. This document also describes the methodology, which you will need to summarize (in your own words) in the methods section of your paper.
Your assignment: YOU MUST HAVE IN TEXT CITATIONS THAT MATCH REFERENCES!!
Focus on twenty year trends regarding particular drugs. Pick one of interest, theorize about why the shift occurred, and research possible causes.
Describe the trend, in your introduction.
Describe the research methodology in your methods section.
Present specific data in your results section.
Your discussion section will follow. Discuss the results, acknowledging limitations, including theories about why usage increased or decreased over time (sometimes significantly from one year to another). Why did this happen? Consider the role of the media, education, parenting, public awareness, and significant social changes that may accompany the shift. What can be done to increase success in the future?
Your paper may end with a conclusion, a slight departure from the IMRaD model, but a conclusion can be a good way to separate “you” from the data and literature. Stick to the facts throughout the paper, saving personal reflections for the conclusion.
750+ word primary response, using APA style citations and references,
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